RUSSIA - 30,000 Churches Opened in Russia

Arno Froese

The Russian Orthodox Church has been experiencing a renaissance during the past several decades, that according to Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow. According to the information service Orthodoxie Aktuell, since the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1991, almost 30,000 churches have been reopened. During the past seven years alone, over 5,000 churches were reopened. In 2009 there were only 159 dioceses (ecclesiastical districts); today there are 296. Patriarch Kyrill considers this a true miracle, a symbol of “overcoming the atheistic world.” On the relationship between church and state in Russia, the patriarch explained that the Russian Orthodox Church does not stand for the state: “The Church only represents Christ.” If it were otherwise, it would no longer be a church. Kyrill expressed great concern regarding “secular concepts” in many European countries, which “remind us of the well-known past Soviet system.” The soul of Europe’s church is threatened by a radical worldliness [secularism].

-TOPIC, February 2017 [translated from German]

Arno's commentary

Soviet communism insisted on the philosophy “God is dead,” stating that “religion is the opiate of the masses.” That, however has been proven wrong over and over again. The church in Russia, or the former Soviet Union, was, is, and always will be alive and well until the Lord Himself has completed His Church. Patriarch Kyrill’s concern about secular concepts within the church is certainly a valid and serious warning to all churches everywhere.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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